The Audi A6 – Connected
Audi’s A6 is back to shock the system- and not just in the traditional manner. Sure, it’s a thrill to drive, but the 2012 version invites all senses for the ride.
And don’t get too jaded, because there’s more to come.
Audi A6, the mobile work desk
This is the future, folks. Ever wanted to live life out of your car? Here’s your opportunity- with A6 as a rolling desktop.
Audi, with the help of T-Mobile, have introduced a first- presenting Audi Connect, the brand’s latest contribution to the automotive world.
What is Audi Connect?
It’s a Wi-Fi hotspot for any mobile device. Take out the laptop, iPad, or whatever ridiculously expensive device you prefer and browse web content anywhere, anytime on up to 8 devices at a time. Get information at 65 MPH, long as you’ve got an Audi; just don’t Netflix and drive, please.
It’s also real world navigation. Audi Connect works alongside MMI, and, with Google Earth assists the bigger picture with aerial and satellite pictures superimposed onto maps, creating a true atmosphere on your car’s screen. This looks good, but it’s mainly aesthetic. Real information occurs with news feeds, local gas prices, real-time weather updates and travel info spat out onto the screen. You can even map out a route from home/work/wherever and then send it to A6. Pop it up in the car and you’re ready for your trip.
Audi is the first auto brand to implement this perma-connected media service and it’s available right now.
The downside is that you’ll get newly invented levels of first world complaints.
Driver distraction aside, it’s a pretty good time for in-car innovation. Drivers benefit from the surge for new and better personal devices (smartphones and tablets) along with a reviving automotive industry with brands clamoring to implement intelli-cars as part of their repertoire.
Have some car with your toys
Heard there was an actual car under the electronics? Yeah, and it’s pretty solid.
The mid-size sedan features two engine choices: 2.0T, a turbocharged 4 cylinder generating 211 HP and 258 lb.-ft. of torque or 3.0T, the supercharged 3.0L version, featuring 310 HP and 325 lb.-ft. of torque.
Edmunds’ Inside Line tested a 3.0T Quattro at $71,330 and got to 0-60 in 5.2 seconds, ran the quarter mile in 13.6 and brake tested a 60 MPH to stop at 111 ft.
In addition, all 3.0T trims will come with standard 8-speed Tiptronic® transmission and quattro® all-wheel drive. 2.0Ts are fitted with Audi Multitronic® CVT transmission.
A6 also boasts a lower frame with larger wheelbase for a sportier feel that’s 176 lbs. less than previous incarnations, due to aluminum components.
Look for fuel economy to hit 19 city/28 highway/22 MPG combined for the 3.0T and a downright decent 25/33/28 for 2.0T.
Seating for 5 is standard, as are leather seats and sunroof.
5 trim levels are available, 2.0T Premium (from $41,700) and 2.0T Premium Plus along with 3.0T Premium ($49,900), 3.0T Premium Plus, and top of the line 3.0T Prestige.
Keep the house for now, though.